I’m pretty excited about #SPC14. I love the social gatherings that happen around the event. For me the SharePoint Conference is about networking. There is really no better opportunity to meet with SharePoint influencers around the world than at this event. Believe me. I love the events in Austrailia, New Zealand and the event coming up in Barcelona, but where else can you hang out with top influencers from Malaysia, Denmark, and Colombia all in one place. Sure there’s MVP summit, but that club is not for everyone.
Behind the scenes I’ve been collaborating with a team to organize and put together the plans for a couple of social community led, free opportunities.
I’ve been debating how much information I should release. Reality is I want to make sure we get good participation and we get the audience that want to get involved and participate. We will be singing a SharePoint version of “Don’t Stop Believing!” The message is really around SharePoint and the struggle of this past year with the move to the cloud. Some have felt abandoned as they may have lost their jobs as the companies move their data to the cloud.
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I’m still looking for more singers as part of the choir. No dancing required.
We will be holding a practice on Sunday afternoon. All of the details for practice, words to the song, and more will be sent to those who have signed up. We are also looking for people who don’t want to sing, but want to get involved. We have a percussion group to keep the beat and play air instruments. Great opportunities for air guitar in this song!
The InfoPath funeral is a great opportunity to gather with other SharePoint folks who were impacted both by the lack of direction by this team, or have built their careers on this software. We really want both to join us in saying good bye to InfoPath. I surely don’t want to wait till 2023 to say good bye. Join me as we carry the InfoPath coffin through the exhibit hall and Rest In Peace… InfoPath in the community area. Wearing black is optional.
We will be gathering at noon on Monday at the entrance to the exhibit hall. Signing up is not required, but for pall bearers please register so we can coordinate. We also will have face makeup for anyone interested in day of the dead facepainting.